Ramadan at Times Square In Historic Start To The Muslim Festival

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Hundreds gathered at Times Square, the evening of April 2, 2022. Photo: organizers Facebook

Times Square became the venue for a historic breaking-of-the-fast ritual on the first day of Ramadan, as hundreds of Muslims gathered to pray at the iconic site.

According to a CBS news report, 1,500 meals were served to those fasting in what is a first recitation of the Taraweeh prayer for Ramadan at the Crossroads of the World, April 3, 2022.

One of the organizer, known only by the initials SQ, rallied the crowd.

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“For Muslims, it’s not just about fasting so that we understand how those who are food insecure feel,” SQ is quoted saying by CBS. “We actually are doing this so that we can become closer and more contentious (sic) of our creator, our lord, Allah,” he added.

A section of the people participating in Ramadan observances at Times Square April 2, 2022. Photo: Organizers

“The Quran is a divine revelation. It’s the final revelation that was given to the prophet Muhammad, who was a messenger in a series of messengers, just like Jesus, just like Moses,” SQ is quoted saying. “We are all united and connected together. People need to stop trying to disunite the Christians and the Muslims and the Jews and everyone. That needs to stop,” he said.

Saturday, April 2 morning at sunrise, marked the start of Ramadan which will end May 1.  Over this 30-day observance, Muslims recite the Quran daily to finish the holy book by end of the period.

Earlier on April 1, President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden wished Muslim communities here in the United States and around the world ‘Ramadan Kareem’/

“For so many around the globe, including fellow Americans all across the country, this sacred month is a time for reflection and spiritual growth. Communities come together to practice forgiveness and resilience, to show compassion and generosity of spirit to those in need, of giving, and to celebrate the many blessings of life with loved ones,” the Bidens said in a statement.

“This year, the simple act of breaking the fast will be an even more poignant reminder of the joys of health, family, and community,” the President said, in reference to the pandemic.  “And we will continue to hold in our hearts all those families grieving a lost loved one who are facing an empty chair at the table,” he said.

“Let us honor the simple yet profound truth that all people are equal in dignity and rights. That’s why the United States will continue to speak out for human rights everywhere–including for Uyghurs in China, Rohingya in Burma, and other Muslim communities all over the world,” the President said.

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